JAMMU, Sept 12: Lambasting the present administration for compounding issues of general masses with its red tapism, inertia and public discontent, former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti today said that Jammu and Kashmir today stands at crossroads where citizens have neither any right nor a forum to project their grievances.
“While the public anger is simmering, the LG Administration is busy in showcasing its phony achievements in order to justify what ruling BJP has done with Jammu and Kashmir,” Mehbooba said while speaking with various deputations which called her here on the second day of her tour to Jammu.
Talking to a deputation of Kashmiri migrant employees, the former Chief Minister said that while on one hand the BJP and its run administration was weaponising the pain of suffering of the community to garner support for its political objectives, their issues and grievances are being ignored. She said that the issues of Kashmiri migrants need companionate and humanitarian but instead an arm twisting approach is being adopted to muzzle their voice.
A deputation of Employees Joint Action Committee highlighted various issues which the administration has failed to address. The participants said that SRO 43 regarding compensate appointments has been kept on hold and no employment is provided to the kin of those who die in harness.
A deputation of All JCB Dumper, Tipper, Tractor Trolley Owner’s Association, led by Bashir Ahmed Kohli and Kulwant Singh, informed Ms Mufti about the problems being faced by the locals of Jammu outskirts who are into the trade of transport of sand and other construction material.
A deputation of Small Scale and Micro Industries Unit holders apprised the PDP Chief that most of the industries were either being closed or seized by the banks due to non-payment of dues.
A deputation of youth from Chenab Valley apprised Ms Mufti about the non-availability of employment for local youth in the undergoing power project construction works in the region. They said that all the first, second and third level jobs are being provided by the construction companies to the non-locals while the locals are struggling even for the menial jobs.
A deputation of farmers said that hundreds of cattle heads have perished in recent months due to skin lump disease as administration failed to respond in time. They demanded compensation for those who suffered losses.